Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Nursing, 8th Edition

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This book offers the latest information on commonly used complementary therapies in a readily accessible manner for nurses. Although the focus of the book is nursing, practitioners in other disciplines will also find it helpful. Along with definitions and descriptions of the selected therapies, it provides a background for each therapy, as well as evidence for the use of therapies with a variety of specific patient populations in the delivery of patient-centered care. The book presents a description of key steps forward in the evolution and establishment of the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH). It is a valuable resource for graduate and advanced practice registered nurses who desire to increase the use of complementary therapies to enhance the health of patients, to enhance quality of care, and to improve satisfaction outcomes. The book is organized into six parts containing 31 chapters. The first part explores the foundations for use of complementary therapies. The second part describes various mind-body-spirit therapies such as imagery, music intervention, humor, yoga, biofeedback, meditation, journaling, storytelling, and animal-assisted therapy. Part three presents manipulative and body-based therapies such as massage, Tai Chi, relaxation therapies, and exercise. Part four details biologically based therapies such as aromatherapy, herbal medicines, and functional foods and nutraceuticals. Part five describes energy therapies such as light therapy, healing touch, Reiki, acupressure, and reflexology. The final part discusses integrating complementary therapies into education and nursing practice. It also presents perspectives on research on complementary therapies and independent personal use of complementary therapies.

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